EP Review: Pale – “Whisper Disunity”
Pale are a hard rock band hailing from Stafford in the UK, and this is their latest release launched just a couple of weeks ago. It’s three tracks of dirty, grungy, grimy rock. They make good use of the fuzzbox, put it that way. The thing is though, it works really well.
The vocals might seem a little odd to start with, but they grow on you when you factor in the overall style of the band. Saying that, there’s a mix of styles within the EP, and even within individual songs. Going back to the vocals though, they’re not unlike the punk bands from years ago, Alien Sex Fiend were the band that immediately came to mind.
Musically, the songs are well crafted, with pounding bass lines and accentuated guitar. The drums seem a little understated at times, but they’re there nonetheless. It all comes with an air of psychedelia, and it most certainly isn’t clean. It isn’t over-produced either, in fact the production is very minimal, which suits the overall feel of the EP.
Lyrically, they’re definitely trying to convey a message. The world is broken and the band want to make a difference, so as you can imagine the songs are politically charged and make you think.
This is a solid EP, although there are some that think that three tracks might not be enough for an official release, especially those of us who used to get three tracks on a 12” vinyl single back in the day! That said though, you could do a lot worse than spend a few pound coins on this release, it’s certainly an appetiser. Hopefully we can look forward to a full length album sometime soon.